Political Action Updates

  • Time to take action on ESSA

    07.25.2016/Political Action
    John King and the USDOE have written regulations to carry out ESSA.  As we suspected he is attempting to use the USDOE to overstep their authority onto the states. We need to send in recommendations to the USDOE before August 1st...
  • We Need to Act Now

    06.15.2016/Political Action
    We need your help NOW to fight several bills in Albany that attack public education and teachers. The Senate Republicans and the Independent Democratic Conference want to push through legislation that strips millions of...
  • Assembly introduces APPR Legislation

    06.10.2016/Political Action
    Assembly Education Chair Catherine Nolan (D-Queens), Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) and 90 of their colleagues have introduced legislation (A.10569) that would amend current law to allow districts to operate under approved Annual...
  • More than half of eligible LI students opt out of Common Core test

    04.11.2016/Political Action
    This article first appeared in Newsday. More than half of Long Island students eligible to take the state Common Core test in English Language Arts refused to take the exam this week, according to a Newsday survey of public...
  • Education Forum on March 31 at 6:30PM

    03.31.2016/Political Action
    Dear BSCTA member,    As the 2016 school year moves along, we, as educators, continue to face an atmosphere of uncertainty as to what the future holds. Governor Cuomo’s public education agenda continues to be front-and-center on...
  • NYSUT congratulates Betty Rosa and T. Andrew Brown on election as Regents leaders

    03.22.2016/Political Action
    New York State United Teachers today congratulated Betty Rosa on her election as the new chancellor of the Board of Regents and T. Andrew Brown on his election as vice chancellor.  NYSUT President Karen E. Magee said union...
  • NYSUT Opt Out Fact Sheet

    03.16.2016/Political Action
    Parents and teachers share deep concerns about the standardized tests used by New York State for accountability purposes. Those include: stress on students, in-appropriateness and lack of validity of the Common Core-aligned tests...
  • State testing not what’s best for our students

    02.22.2016/Political Action
    This op-ed first appeared in Newsday on Feb. 22.   When it comes to advocating what is best for our students, I try hard to push back but not push buttons. It’s difficult not to push buttons. To date, the U.S. Education...
  • NYSUT sues to defend collective bargaining rights

    01.28.2016/Political Action
    New York State United Teachers today filed suit saying that the State Education Department's actions on Teacher Improvement Plans violate the state's Taylor Law and teachers' collective bargaining rights. The suit filed in state...
  • In big shift, Regents vote to exclude state tests from teacher evals until 2019

    12.15.2015/Political Action
    This article orignally appeared on Chalkbeat, written by Monica Disare. In a dramatic reversal, New York’s Board of Regents voted Monday to suspend the use of state standardized test scores in teacher evaluations for four years....
  • Opt-Out Campaign Must Continue

    12.14.2015/Political Action
    This article was written by Alan Singer, a Social Studies Educator at Hofstra Univerity.  The parent and teacher campaign to have children opt-out of high-stakes Common Core aligned testing is remarkably successful. In New York...
  • Impact of ESSA Unclear

    12.13.2015/Political Action
    President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) this week. The new legislation reauthorizes federal law governing K-12 public education. In 1965 we called it the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)....

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